Facebook s Aquila drone was developed in Bridgwater, Somerset, by a team Facebook acquired for $20m back in 2014.Facebook has hit a hitch in its plans to use a solar-powered unmanned drone to provide internet access to developing nations, after it was revealed the American National Transportation Safety Board NTSB has opened an investigation into an accident on the drone s first test flight in June.At the time, Facebook described the flight as successful : the drone, called Aquila, stayed aloft for 96 minutes, three times the planned duration.We have a lot of work ahead of us, Jay Parikh, Facebook s head of engineering and infrastructure, wrote when Facebook revealed the test flight, in late July.In our next tests, we will fly Aquila faster, higher and longer, eventually taking it above 60,000 feet.In a second, more technical, blogpost published that same day, Facebook s Martin Luis Gomez and Andrew Cox acknowledged the failure in passing.
How to join the networkOne topic in this election cycle that has provoked a lot of emotion and debate is immigration.My experience is also that of an investor who has spent the past 20 years working with entrepreneurs, many of whom are brilliant, highly motivated immigrants and many of whom, like my father, came to this country from South Asia seeking the opportunity to do something better.The story of these immigrant entrepreneurs is the same as my father s. He came to the United States more than 50 years ago to complete his education in science and engineering.After school, he got a job, worked insanely hard, and eventually was offered an opportunity to take over a startup company that was on the verge of bankruptcy.He took that startup teetering close to collapse, from 10 employees to several thousand employees, and from near financial insolvency to several hundred million in revenue.
The best feature of this elaborate Lego Mindstorms miniature factory is how utterly useless it is in the grand scheme of things.As its name implies, the Papercube spends about three minutes diligently performing just a single task: making a tiny folded paper cube.The engineering that powers the Papercube is what s most impressive, particularly when you consider every last moving part is made from Lego.The only parts that aren t are the class 4 laser that cuts and scores the paper sheets as they re loaded in, and the safety glass that prevents the machine from blinding anyone wanting to peer inside while it works — which is anyone lucky enough to see the Papercube in person.Heise Online via IEEE Spectrum
You can have an open-source operating system on your PC, but it ll never be truly free because all modern x86-based CPUs and chipsets feature secret firmware blobs that are proprietary to AMD and Intel.That s something Raptor Engineering is hoping to address with what may be the world s first modern ATX motherboard using a Power8 CPU a product of IBM s open-source OpenPower group .Dubbed the Talos Secure Workstation, Raptor Engineering said the CrowdSupply.com project aims to build ATX motherboards that will work with IBM s first OpenPower CPUs.Unlike CPUs from Intel and AMD, OpenPower CPUs have no proprietary firmware and are developed in the open with partners.Why this matters: Those concerned about the secretive firmware Intel and AMD bake into their CPUs and chipsets really have no alternative using modern hardware.In addition to the strict licensing models, open-source and security experts object to the black box nature of proprietary firmware, which could potentially expose users to hacking and to government spying.
Sometimes it s fun to look back at old technologies to see how much things have changed.That is the case with the humble hairbrush, which was first patented in 1854 as ornamental design for a hairbrush, and still retains the same broad design with long handle and scalloped edges more than a century and a half later.Things might be about to change, though — and if they do, you can thank Alexis Noel, a doctoral candidate in the Hu Biolocomotion Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering, and her 3D-printed cat s tongue.I ve been studying cats for around six months, looking specifically at their tongues, Noel said.I was inspired by my own cat, who I noticed licking a blanket and getting his tongue stuck.It was the silliest thing, but it made me start thinking as a scientist about what was actually going on on the surface of the tongue s soft tissue.
The LRX drone is on display at Drone World Expo in San Jose, Califonia on November 16, 2016.New Zealand-based drone manufacturer Altus Intelligence wants to make sure its US$39,000 survey drones don't end up as rubble.Most of Altus' customers use its flagship drone, the Long Range Extreme Weather LRX , for construction and engineering surveying/mapping and expect a rugged, dependable vehicle to get the job done.That's where the LRX's three separate fail-safe systems come in.The first is a triple auto pilot design, meaning that if anything goes wrong with one of the GPS streams, the other two will take over.The LRX is also armed with eight staggered propellers.
The Navy s new stealth destroyer, the U.S.S.Zumwalt DDG-1000 looks like something out of a science-fiction film and has some gnarly firepower.But, like a normal boat, it, too, is capable of breaking down and needing a tow.On Monday night, the $4 billion high-tech destroyer was passing through the Panama Canal, on its way to its new homeport in San Diego, when it suffered an engineering casualty, reports Defense News.From there, it needed to be towed through the Miraflores locks at the Pacific end of the canal.The Zumwalt is now stopped at the former U.S.
Google today said that it has started rolling out the second developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat for a small group of devices: LG s Nexus 5X, Huawei s Nexus 6P, HTC s Nexus 9, and the Google-made Pixel C tablet.The new features in this update will be included in 7.1.1 when it becomes available to everyone sometime in December.Android 7.1.1 includes the developer features already available on Pixel and Pixel XL devices and adds optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform, Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke wrote in a blog post.The first 7.1 developer preview included support for previously Pixel-only features like app shortcuts and image keyboards.It s unclear what s in this new release.If you have one of the devices that s eligible for this developer preview and you ve signed up for the Android Beta Program, then Google will automatically send an over-the-air OTA update to your device over the coming week, Burke wrote.You can still sign up for the Android Beta Program if you want to test this OS release before it becomes available to everyone.And if you d like, you can download images and flash them onto supported devices.Google first released Android 7.0 Nougat for everyone in August, which is earlier than usual.
From the outside, the new OD-11 is an exact copy of the 70-talsikonen down to the smallest detail.A small, white cube with the 26-inch sides and is also available in red and walnut .The two speaker is hidden under a svartlackerat the metal mesh on the top.the Base is a 6.5-incher with pappmembran and rubber, and the tweeter is, as was customary in 1974, a 2-inch konmembran.The old OD-11 was passive, but the new one has a built-in 100-watt class D amplifiers and wireless Bluetooth and wi-fi.in recent years, 360-degree sound become a donation.
The SATURNV system is powered by Nvidia s own Tesla P100 GPUs and intended to help build autonomous driving softwareNvidia boasted a new supercomputer it constructed to aid its own engineering efforts has been ranked the most energy-efficient in the world by the Top500 rankings organisation.The SATURNV system, powered by Nvidia s own Tesla P100 GPUs, was ranked 28th on the list, which was dominated by Chinese and US research organisations.The system delivers 9.46 gigaflops per watt, 42 percent more efficient than the 6.67 gigaflops/watt of the most efficient machine on the previous list, six months ago.It is 2.3 times more efficient than the Camphore 2 system, which delivers similar performance.Due to their parallel processing capabilities, GPUs have been instrumental in the current generation of machine learning tools, which allow artificially intelligent systems to learn from patterns found in large amounts of data and then apply those patterns to new situations.
Back in July, it was reported that Facebook had completed the first test flight of Aquila, the solar-powered drone it hopes will bring the internet to remote corners of the world.At the time, the company painted the initial test as a success, but it seems that The National Transportation Safety Board NTSB disagrees.Buried in Facebook s engineering blog – posted on the day of the test – are the only two sentences relating to the incident: We are still analyzing the results of the extended test, including a structural failure we experienced just before landing.We hope to share more details on this and other structural tests in the future, it reads, though the company never did release any new information.According to a Bloomberg report, the NTSB has classified the failure as an accident, which means Aquila was substantially damaged.The incident took place at 7:43 a.m. near Yuma, Arizona, but no one was injured and there was no damage to the ground.
'Stubby' aims to protect your metadata from snoopersThe problem, as stated by the ACLU's Daniel Kahn Gillmor at IETF 97The Internet Engineering Task Force's IETF's years-long effort to protect Internet users has taken a small step forward, with one option for better Domain Name System DNS privacy reaching the test stage."Stubby", created by software developer and DNS privacy advocate Sara Dickinson, lets users test encrypted DNS queries.The idea isn't to flick the switch to encryption in one big hit, but rather, to provide a resolver that can accept connections and return responses over Transport Layer Security TLS at the user-side.The demonstrator's only dependency is SSL version 1.0.2 or better, so Stubby can authenticate hostnames.
Part of the Chernobyl exclusion zone will soon be home to a Chinese solar power plant.The region in which the solar plant will be constructed has not been revealed, however, one source claims it has already been inspected for suitability.If all goes as planned, GCL System Integration Technology will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp to start the plant s construction in 2017.GCL-SI recently detailed its plans in a press release, stating the solar power plant will bring both social and economic benefits while taking a region that once suffered terrible damage and transforming it into a source of renewable energy.The planned construction will produce a 1-gigawatt solar plant.While the Chinese company has not revealed the planned location for the plant within the exclusion zone, a source speaking to Reuters claims several rounds of inspections have already been conducted at the planned site.
Apache Big Data Europe Big data application programmers routinely download and execute unverified code, opening the door to information-stealing hackers, a security researcher has claimed.Olaf Flebbe, chief software architect at European software integrator Science Computing, is upset that software engineers have got into the habit of insecurely reusing components.We should note that this isn't really a problem limited to big data apps: securing package managers to fend off malicious updates is necessary for all programming languages, operating systems and areas of software development.Flebbe said miscreants can set up shop on expired web domains used by abandoned projects to push out tampered builds of code to unsuspecting coders.Another trouble area, we're told, is Maven – the Apache build manager for Java projects.During his presentation at the Apache conference last week, Flebbe demonstrated an exploit involving Apache Flink – an open-source stream and batch-processing tool that can be installed via Maven.
MoreA man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD PACKAGE - SEARCH "BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD JULY 25" FOR ALL IMAGESLONDON Reuters - Facebook said it would expand its presence in Britain by 50 percent in 2017, joining other U.S. technology firms in increasing investment despite the uncertainty sparked by the country's vote to leave the European Union.The social network firm said it would hire 500 new staff, adding to the 1,000 people it already employs in Britain, as Facebook gears up to open a new UK headquarters in London next year, following other firms drawn by talent and a thriving tech start-up scene.Before the Brexit referendum in June, campaigners in favor of remaining in the EU had warned that international companies could seek to reduce their presence in Britain as a withdrawal from the bloc would make it a less attractive place to invest.Facebook opened its first engineering office outside the U.S. in London in 2012 and has been growing rapidly in the UK since.
Highly skilled labour market organisations Akava criticized the Finnish tense progressive wage taxation, which is not an organization believes that encouraging employees to take more responsibility and the greater the amount of work."After 2 400 eur per month earned bachelor of business administration Micah getting promoted means more responsibility, tasks, and eur 300 for the salary increase, he will increase your hand a little more than half.the Increased responsibility and amount of work remains, however, a 100%.Similarly, the use of 3 200 euros per month earned the master of science in engineering Jaana", most members cited their own examples of calculations."the Employer € 300 salary increase pay even more, so the tax does not encourage him either to reward done, fellas.Finland is not a competitive country for the demanding expert," said Its chief economist Eugen Koev.
UC Berkeley spin-off SuitX has launched a three-module exoskeleton that can be used separately or together to reduce force exerted on workers by 60%Exoskeleton researchers at the University of California Berkeley UC Berkeley have developed three different robot exoskeleton devices that strap on to reduce the amount of force exerted on different parts of the body in order to prevent workplace injuries and boost workers' abilities.The Modular Agile eXoskeleton MAX developed by UC Berkeley spin-off SuitX consists of three components each costing $3,000 £2,403 that can be used either together as a suit or separately.The three modules, known as backX, shoulderX and legX are designed to help people who work in jobs where they are required to carry out heavy labour such as lifting, carrying, squatting and other repetitive manual tasks.The exoskeleton, which is now available, reduces the force that the individual is required to exert by 60%, and individually, the shoulder component can support 15lbs of weight per arm and shoulder, while the back component can support 30lbs of weight, and it has been tested out on the job by pipe welders in Ohio.The exoskeleton was developed in the laboratory of Homayoon Kazerooni, a professor of mechanical engineering who has been working on robotic exoskeletons for many years.
Some robots make people feel like climbing the wall, and other robots climb the walls themselves.Root a new code-teaching robot is the latest in a long line of teaching bots designed to inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math STEM studies.However, this bot, still in Kickstarter mode, is different.First of all, it s designed to teach coding skills to everyone from kindergarten to adulthood.Second, it's potentially more fun than most because it's programming can be carried out vertically — or at least on any wall with metal behind or on it, which may make it the perfect classroom robot since there's a metal-backed whiteboard at the front of most classrooms.I'm on the phone with a somewhat anxious Zivthan Dubrovsky, the lead of Harvard s Bio-Inspired robotics program.
Like many, I follow with interest the trajectory and vectors of technology trends in our time.As I read the 2016 surveys, however, I am struck by the esoteric nature of the developments and the lack of context of the engineering investments made by today s technology companies.Based on readouts from firms such as Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and others, the consensus seems to include and focus on the following developmental platforms:- Machine to Machine wireless communication Internet of Things - Continued development of Big Data and analyticsFor purposes of length and space, I won t go into each of these individually, but taken together, they represent a decidedly incremental leap in computing power and potential reach.
The best feature of this elaborate Lego Mindstorms miniature factory is how utterly useless it is in the grand scheme of things.As its name implies, the Papercube spends about three minutes diligently performing just a single task: making a tiny folded paper cube.The engineering that powers the Papercube is what s most impressive, particularly when you consider every last moving part is made from Lego.The only parts that aren t are the class 4 laser that cuts and scores the paper sheets as they re loaded in, and the safety glass that prevents the machine from blinding anyone wanting to peer inside while it works—which is anyone lucky enough to see the Papercube in person.